Michael A. Baker
American astronaut
Michael A. Baker
Michael Allen Baker is an engineer, retired United States Navy captain NASA astronaut, and the International Space Station Program Manager for International and Crew Operations, at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He is responsible for the coordination of program operations, integration and flight crew training and support activities with the International Partners.
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How A Summer Learning Program Helped One Community's Literacy Problem
Huffington Post - 4 months
For the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), English language literacy is both an essential and a challenging aspect of students' learning. More than 91 percent of SAUSD's 53,000 students are Hispanic and 60 percent are learning English as a second language. More than 90 percent are eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch. It's clear that developing literacy skills is crucial for these students to succeed in school, career and life. Many students fall behind over the summer, especially in reading. The National Summer Learning Association reports that every summer, low-income youth lose two to three months in reading while their higher-income peers make slight gains... By fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave low-income students 2 1/2 to 3 years behind their peers. Parents seek to overcome the "summer slide" through summer learning programs. According to our America After 3PM household survey, 62 percent of California parents say they want to enroll their children in ...
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Should You See A Therapist Or A Life Coach?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Everyone can use a little extra support when handling life's challenges -- and one way to get it is by talking with a professional. Before you immediately dismiss the idea, consider this: Research has shown that verbalizing feelings can have a significant therapeutic effect on the brain. In other words, getting your worries out in the open (even the "insignificant" ones) -- particularly with someone trained to help you manage them -- is a good thing for your well-being. So, say you've decided to take the plunge and get some professional help. Should you seek out a therapist, or would a life coach benefit you more? It's important, firstly, to understand how the two differ (though regardless of the differences, or which route you go with, you're still making a choice to better your life -- and there's nothing bad about that). Therapists, whether classified as psychologists or counselors, have varying master's and doctorate degrees and are licensed by their state. With psychother ...
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Thefts Are an Ever-Present Problem at Arts and Crafts Fairs
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Opening her booth the second morning of an art fair, mixed-media artist Patricia Hecker of Bloomington, Ind., knew someone had been there the night before. Her artwork was OK, but the would-be thief had broken into a locked storage cabinet. "I'm sure [he or she] was looking for money," she believes. Fortunately, she had been careful to take all cash and receipts back to the motel the evening before, so there wasn't a loss on that end--just a damaged cabinet. Hecker mentioned the break-in to the fair sponsors, who had hired security guards and required each participating artist to sign a contract acknowledging that all property left on-site would be at the vendor's own risk and not that of the show's insurance company. Who would bother to file a claim anyways? The $1,000 deductible on Hecker's policy far exceeded the value of the cabinet, "and if you report a claim they'll just raise your rates," she adds. Thieves' intentions Thefts are an occasional, sometimes regular, nuisance for ar ...
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U.S. charges two former ArthroCare executives with fraud
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two former executives of ArthroCare Corp have been charged with a $400 million scheme to defraud investors by inflating the company's earnings, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. Former chief executive officer Michael Baker and former chief financial officer Michael Gluk were charged in the federal indictment and surrendered to law enforcement officers, the Justice Department said in a statement. A grand jury returned the indictment on Tuesday and it was unsealed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. ...
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Video: L.A. church sex abuse victim speaks out
CBS News - almost 4 years
In the 1980's, Father Michael Baker of the Los Angeles Archdiocese admitted to molesting boys. This week, the archdiocese settled four sex abuse cases with $10 million to the victims. Carter Evans speaks with one of those victims.
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Iglesia pagará millones por pederastia en Los Ángeles
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
La arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles pagará casi 10 millones de dólares para resolver demandas judiciales de pederastia cometidos por un ex sacerdote que hace casi 30 años le confesó al cardenal Roger Mahony que había abusado sexualmente de niños, confirmaron abogados el martes. Los casos, que involucran al ex sacerdote Michael Baker, se extienden 26 años: de 1974 a 2000. Dos iban a ir a juicio el mes próximo y un juez había dicho que los abogados de los demandantes podían buscar indemnizaciones ejemplares. El acuerdo extrajudicial fue alcanzado esta semana. More...
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L.A. Archdiocese settles 4 sex cases for nearly $10M
CBS News - almost 4 years
Four cases which alleged sex abuse by former priest Michael Baker have been settled by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
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Authorities probe death of Pennsylvania man found frozen in yard
Fox News - about 4 years
State police and the coroner are investigating the death of a man whose body was found frozen in the back yard of a western Pennsylvania residence, but who may have died of a beating. Catherine Byers, of Mahaffey, tells the Indiana Gazette that troopers from the Punxsutawney barracks are treating the death of her brother, 28-year-old Christopher Brander, as a homicide. Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker confirms Brander was found with injuries, but says toxicology tests to confirm his cause of death were pending. Brander's body was frozen when it was found Friday in Glen Campbell, but a police spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment on the investigation Monday. Byers says her brother had abused drugs and was recently dealing with drug traffickers. Glen Campbell is about 55 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
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Yeah, Good Luck With That...
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles said Wednesday it would release additional documents from internal clergy abuse files after alleged victims complained that 12,000 pages released last week were missing critical memos and contained excessive redactions. The documents in question from the file of former priest Michael Baker span a 14 year-period – from 1986 to 2000 – and provide insight into how retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other church leaders dealt with him. The Associated Press reported from an unredacted copy of the Baker file last month that contained documents that were not included in the archdiocese's disclosure. The archdiocese acknowledged it had erred in keeping those pages sealed after the AP inquired Wednesday about the documents. "They will be posted shortly," archdiocese attorney Michael Hennigan said in an email. "It is our intention to do this completely and correctly." He did not immediately respond to a follow-up email a ...
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Files show how LA church leaders shielded priests
Fox News - about 4 years
Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark, according to church personnel files. The confidential records filed in a lawsuit against the archdiocese disclose how the church handled abuse allegations for decades and also reveal dissent from a top Mahony aide who criticized his superiors for covering up allegations of abuse rather than protecting children. Notes inked by Mahony demonstrate he was disturbed about abuse and sent problem priests for treatment, but there also were lengthy delays or oversights in some cases. Mahony received psychological reports on some priests that mentioned the possibility of many other victims, for example, but there is no indication that he or other church leaders investigated further. "This is all intolerable and unacceptable to me ...
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Woman Charged With Sausage Assault
Huffington Post - about 4 years
A woman in southern Sweden has been charged with attempted assault after allegedly attacking a man with Swedish sausage, Swedish media report. According to the Local, the unidentified woman threw a frying pan filled with Falukorv -- a specific type of Swedish sausage -- and grease at the man during an argument in their house. The frying pan missed the 67-year-old man, but its contents did not. Though he was unharmed in the incident that occurred in November, he is pursuing charges against the woman for the alleged Swedish sausage attack and death threats she reportedly made during the squabble. Perhaps surprisingly, this is not the first time sausage has reportedly been used as a weapon of choice. In June, a Massachusetts cyclist was enjoying his Sunday morning bike ride when another man, identified as Michael Baker, allegedly began striking him with sausage links. The year before, 31-year-old Tajuana Banks reportedly used a German bratwurst to pick a fight.
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Twin Rivers district votes on new law firm
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
Twin Rivers Unified School District trustees voted 5-2 to sign a contract with the law firm Fagan, Friedman and Fulfrost during Thursday evening's school board meeting. Trustees Michael Baker, Bob Bastian, John Dexter, Walter Garcia Kawamoto and board president Cortez Quinn each voted in favor of the contract to have the firm take over as the district's general counsel.
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Alleged victim
LATimes - over 4 years
At left, Dominic Zamora's father Frank, 62, is holding a photograph of his son, as an 8 year old with catholic priest Michael Baker, during his confirmation in 1980. Frank Zamora spoke out against Baker during his sentencing.
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Man Hits Bicyclist Upside The Head With Sausage, And Steals His Bike!
American Chronicle - over 4 years
"Police in Massachusetts said a man accused of stealing meat, cheese and bread from a fairgrounds stand allegedly attacked a cyclist with the sausages. Brockton police said Michael Baker allegedly broke into the sausage stand at the Brockton Fairgrounds early Sunday and attacked a cyclist about 8...... more
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Man Attacks Unwitting Cyclist With Sausage, Cops Say
Huffington Post - over 4 years
When enjoying an early morning bike ride along a quiet suburban pathway, one must be aware of a plethora of roadside hazards. But for one central Massachusetts cyclist, one of those hazards happened to be sausage links. The incident occurred at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday in Holbrook. The unidentified victim was cycling along when a man -- whom cops have identified as Michael A. Baker -- allegedly came up to him and began striking him with sausage links. "He said he was trying to hit him with that. The victim had no idea why," Holbrook Police Lt. David Dickinson told Enterprise News. Baker reportedly switched weapons from processed meat to processed metal mid-attack, striking the victim with a wrench. Baker then allegedly stole a silver chain, ring and the bike from him, the Associated Press reports. A jogger spotted the incident and was able to identify Baker, according to Enterprise News. Cops then apprehended Baker as he was making off with the bike on a near ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael A. Baker
  • 2001
    Age 47
    After his return to JSC in August 2001, he was assigned as the International Space Station Program Manager for International Operations responsible for the coordination of program operations, integration and flight crew training and support activities with the International Partners.
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  • 1997
    Age 43
    From October 1997 to August 2001, he was the Assistant Director of Johnson Space Center (JSC) for Human Space Flight Programs, Russia and was responsible for implementation and integration of NASA’s Human Space Flight Programs in Russia.
    More Details Hide Details Those activities included International Space Station (ISS) training, operations, technical liaison, logistics and personnel administration support. He also served as the NASA JSC representative to the Russian Space Agency, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City; Mission Control Center-Moscow, Energia Rocket and Spacecraft Corporation, Krunichev State Scientific and Production Space Center and other Russian government agencies and manufacturers involved in the ISS program.
    STS-81 Space Shuttle Atlantis launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on January 12, 1997.
    More Details Hide Details STS-81 was the fifth in a series of joint missions between the U.S. Space Shuttle and the Russian Space Station Mir and the second one involving an exchange of U.S. astronauts. In five days of docked operations more than three tons of food, water, experiment equipment and samples were moved back and forth between the two spacecraft. Following 160 orbits of the Earth the STS-81 mission concluded with a landing on Kennedy Space Center’s Runway 33 ending a 3.9 million mile journey. Mission duration was 244 hours, 56 minutes.
  • 1994
    Age 40
    STS-68 Space Shuttle Endeavour launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on September 30, 1994.
    More Details Hide Details This flight was the second flight of the Space Radar Laboratory (SRL), which consists of a large radar called SIR-C/X-SAR (Shuttle Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar) and MAPS (Measurement of Air Pollution from Satellites). As part of NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth, SRL was an international, multidisciplinary study of global environmental change, both natural and man-made. The primary objective was to radar map the surface of the Earth to help us understand the contributions of ecology, hydrology, geology, and oceanography to changes in our Planet’s environment. Real-time crew observations of environmental conditions, along with over 14,000 photographs, aided in interpretation of the radar images. This SRL mission was a highly successful test of technology intended for long-term environmental and geological monitoring of planet Earth. Following 183 orbits of the Earth, the eleven-day mission concluded with a landing on Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on October 11, 1994. Mission duration was 269 hours, 46 minutes, 10 seconds.
  • 1992
    Age 38
    He was assigned as the Flight Crew Operations Directorate Representative to the Space Shuttle Program Office from December 1992 to January 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Between March to October 1995, he served as the Director of Operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. He was responsible for the coordination and implementation of mission operation activities in the Moscow region for the joint U.S./Russian Shuttle/Mir program.
    Following 159 orbits of the Earth, the 10-day mission concluded with a landing on Runway 33 at the Kennedy Space Center on November 1, 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Mission duration was 236 hours, 56 minutes, 13 seconds.
    STS-52 Space Shuttle Columbia launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on October 22, 1992.
    More Details Hide Details During the mission crew members deployed the Italian Laser Geodynamic Satellite (LAGEOS), used to measure movement of the Earth’s crust, and operated the U.S. Microgravity Payload 1 (USMP-1). Additionally, the Advanced Space Vision System (SVS) developed by the Canadian Space Agency was tested by the Canadian payload specialist and the crew using a small target assembly that was released from the remote manipulator system. The SVS will be used for Space Station construction. These three primary payloads together with numerous other payloads operated by the crew encompassed geophysics, materials science, biological research and applied research for Space Station Freedom.
  • 1991
    Age 37
    After 142 orbits of the Earth, the 9-day mission concluded with a landing on Runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center on August 11, 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Mission duration was 213 hours, 21 minutes, 25 seconds.
    STS-43 Space Shuttle Atlantis launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 2, 1991.
    More Details Hide Details During the flight, crew members deployed the fifth Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-E), in addition to conducting 32 physical, material, and life science experiments, mostly relating to the Extended Duration Orbiter and Space Station Freedom.
  • 1985
    Age 31
    Selected by NASA in June 1985, Baker became an astronaut in July 1986 upon completion of a one-year training and evaluation program.
    More Details Hide Details Following the Challenger accident, Baker was assigned from January 1986 to December 1987 as a member of the team that was pursuing redesign, modification and improvements to the Shuttle Landing and Deceleration Systems, to include nosewheel steering, brakes, tires, and drag chute, in an effort to provide greater safety margins during landing and rollout. He was then assigned to the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory, where he was involved in the checkout and verification of the computer software and hardware interfaces for STS-26 (the return-to-flight mission) and subsequent flights. Baker then served as an ascent, entry and orbit spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) for Shuttle missions STS-27, STS-29, STS-30, STS-28, STS-34, STS-33, STS-32, STS-36, STS-31, STS-38, and STS-35. His duties included communication with the Shuttle crew during simulations and actual missions, as well as working procedural problems and modifications between missions. He served as the leader of the Astronaut Support Personnel team at the Kennedy Space Center for Shuttle missions STS-44, STS-42 and STS-45.
  • 1983
    Age 29
    In 1983, he returned to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School as an instructor.
    More Details Hide Details He was then assigned as the U.S. Navy exchange instructor at the Empire Test Pilots' School in Boscombe Down, England, teaching performance, flying qualities and systems flight test techniques. He has logged over 5,400 hours flying time in approximately 50 different types of airplanes, including tactical jets, VSTOL, multi-engine transport and rotary wing aircraft, and has over 300 carrier landings to his credit.
  • 1981
    Age 27
    He attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 1981 and, after graduation, was assigned to the Carrier Suitability Branch of the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate.
    More Details Hide Details While there, Baker conducted carrier suitability structural tests, aircraft carrier catapult and arresting gear certification tests, and automatic carrier landing system certification and verification tests on the various aircraft carriers of the Navy's fleet in the A-7 Corsair II aircraft.
  • 1980
    Age 26
    In late 1980, he was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 30 as the Air Wing Landing Signal Officer.
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  • 1978
    Age 24
    In 1978, he was assigned to Attack Squadron 56 (VA-56), embarked on the aircraft carrier, homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, where he flew the A-7 Corsair II.
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  • 1977
    Age 23
    After graduation, Baker completed flight training and earned his Wings of Gold as a Naval Aviator at Naval Air Station Chase Field, Beeville, Texas, in 1977.
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  • 1953
    Baker was born October 27, 1953, in Memphis, Tennessee, and considers Lemoore, California to be his hometown.
    More Details Hide Details He was active in the Boy Scouts of America where he achieved its second highest rank, Life Scout. Baker graduated from Lemoore Union High School, Lemoore, California, in 1971, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas in 1975. He has two children.
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